The main question that usually comes up when starting an open-source hardware business is the following: how am I going to make money with it ? Indeed, open-source hardware is commonly associated with the idea of everything being free. And this seems to be in total contradiction with the idea of running a profitable business. Of […]
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Technology has played a huge role in increasing efficiency in the work place, improving living conditions at home, monitoring health and environmental conditions and saving energy and natural resources. This has been made possible through continuous development of sensing and actuation devices. Due to the huge data handling requirements of these devices, the need for […]
The Internet of Things can be used in many applications. For instance, in this project, we are going to use ESP8266 to venture a little bit into the Bitcoin industry. The project we will be looking at will involve getting real-time prices of Bitcoin and displaying the prices on an OLED screen. We’ll also add […]
Building your own mobile robot is becoming easier and easier, thanks to excellent ready-to-use robotic platforms. A good example of such platform is the Adafruit Mini Robot Chassis kit, which comes with a nice robot chassis, two servo motors with wheels and a support-wheel. This makes it the perfect base for all your mobile robot projects. On the […]
Open source wearable platforms have, in a big way, propelled the advancement of hardware and software development in the electronics field. Apart from making it possible for people to come up with innovative wearable devices, they have led to the production of efficient, miniaturised, low-power circuits that can be used in other applications. Some of […]
When people talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), all that usually comes to mind is a Wi-Fi or Ethernet enabled device. However, such devices cannot be deployed in remote areas with no Local Area Network (LAN) or Wi-Fi hotspot. In such cases you have to use an alternative means of connecting to the Internet. […]
The two most important aspects considered in hardware design and manufacture are time and cost. Normally, when designing a product, you will want to get it to the market in the shortest time possible and at the cheapest cost. One way of ensuring this is by using a simple PCB design tool such as EasyEDA.
Being able to control home appliances via the Internet is a dream come true for many people. Not only does it make life easy, but also helps save energy. Unlike in the past, home automation is not expensive and doesn’t require specialists to build your own home automation system. Now, even an electronics newbie who […]
For most of the projects I am building with the ESP8266 WiFi chip, I usually don’t care too much about the power consumption aspect. I for example build data loggers that are constantly connected to the mains electricity, and appliances controller which also have an easy access to power. However, in some cases, we want to build […]
Controlling the electrical consumption in your home is one of the most important thing you can do, both because of environmental concerns & to reduce the electricity bill at the end of the month. There are countless of electrical power meters out there, but in this article, I’ll show you how to build your own, and […]